Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 7 March 1274), was an Italian Dominican friar, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church. He was an immensely influential philosopher, theologian, and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism, within which he is also known as the Doctor Angelicus and the Doctor Communis.

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There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.

Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.

Every judgement of conscience, be it right or wrong, be it about things evil in themselves or morally indifferent, is obligatory in such wise that he who acts against his conscience always sins.

Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good.

A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.

The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them.

Love must precede hatred, and nothing is hated, save through being contrary to a suitable thing which is loved. And hence it is that every hatred is caused by love.

If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy.

Distinctions drawn by the mind are not necessarily equivalent to distinctions in reality.

Love is a binding force by which another is joined to me and cherished by myself.

Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition which is sorrow for sin together with a purpose of amendment, confession of sins without any omission, and satisfaction by means of good works.

Well-ordered self-love is right and natural.

The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work but in the excellence of the work he produces.

How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God.

Wonder is the desire for knowledge.

Happiness is secured through virtue, it is a good attained by man's own will.

Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions but regulates them.

Law is nothing other than a certain ordinance of reason for the common good promulgated by the person who has the care of the community.

If then you are looking for the way by which you should go take Christ because He Himself is the way.

It is clear that he does not pray who far from uplifting himself to God requires that God shall lower Himself to him and who resorts to prayer not to stir the man in us to will what God wills but only to persuade God to will what the man in us wills.

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